Where history, live music and great food collide.
The Old Bank Restaurant in Dubbo has a lot going for it, starting with the history etched into the walls of the beautiful heritage building itself.
Located on Dubbo’s main street, the imposing three-story structure began life in 1876 as a branch of the Bank of NSW, now Westpac. Over the years it has served as office space and a museum, but in 2012 was purchased by its current owners Mick and Gloria Picton, who lovingly renovated it to become the Old Bank Restaurant and Bar.
These days, the Old Bank’s motto is ‘Good food, good music, good times’, which serves as a succinct and accurate description of what you’ll find within. With a strong focus on supporting live music, the venue attracts touring artists plus showcases local talent at its weekly Tuesday ‘Musos’ Night’; a BYO-instrument open mike night in the front bar room, formerly the main chambers of the old bank. Original heritage features like high pressed tin ceilings and marble fireplace add to the ambience in this room, and Tuesday is a great night to pop into the Bank for dinner, a glass of wine and some live music.
But if you fancy a more private dining space, there are six areas to choose from at the Old Bank, including the back dining room, the courtyard and the front veranda space. Take your pick.
The seasonal menu offers up yummy modern Australian fare, a range of tasty burgers and Italian favourites like fettuccini, risotto and ravioli. Pair the hot damper with lemon herb butter with the coconut, lime and coriander prawns for an unbeatable entrée, then consider the oozy, delicious honey baked pumpkin and bacon risotto, or the pan-fried snapper topped with sea scallops for a main. The menu changes regularly, but whether you’re chowing down on sticky pork belly or macadamia crusted barramundi, the grub at the Old Bank is sure to delight.
And if dinner is off the cards, why not call in for happy hour? The Old Bank runs daily ‘Crafternoons’ between 4-6pm, serving $5 schooners of craft beer and cider, and glasses of house wine. Have an icy cold schooner from one of the many small, local breweries represented on the Old Bank’s impressive beer list on the grand front veranda of one of Dubbo’s most iconic buildings. You’re on holiday, after all.
Old Bank Restaurant is located at 232 Macquarie St, Dubbo, NSW.